Featuring Rabbi Jonathan Seidel, PhD



9/23: The Turn of the Equinox and the Magical Circle: Jewish Earth Magic for Transformation

An Autumnal Equinox Bonfire Welcoming the High Holy Days with Rabbi Jonathan Seidel & Maggid Jonathan Furst at the East Bay JCC

Maggid Jonathan Furst

Maggid Jonathan Furst

Monday 9/23/19

7pm - 9pm


Join Maggid Jonathan Furst and Rabbi Jonathan Seidel, PhD on the turn of the Equinox for an evening around the bonfire, with storytelling, teaching, and ceremony on the transformational healing power of Jewish magic and ritual.

Rabbi Jonathan Seidel

Rabbi Jonathan Seidel

What's makes for kosher and unkosher magic? How do spiritual technologies such as amulets, remote visioning, divination, rain-calling, and spiritual healing figure in ancient, halakhic and folk traditions? How can we craft ritual today to make teshuva for pursuing justice and healing the Earth? In this session we will explore through text, folk tales, discussion and ritual the boundaries of Jewish magical practice in halakhic tradition and custom and how it is being re-imagined for tikkun and spiritual development in the world of Jewish Renewal.

Dress warmly for this fireside evening and find out!

Location: East Bay JCC, Berkeley Branch (outside in the back yard) 1414 Walnut St. Berkeley

$10-$20 Donation Requested

NOTAFLOF Fragrance-Free / Wheelchair Accessible Venue

Presented by The Aquarian Minyan and Derech HaAretz Outdoor Yeshiva.


9/26 The Aquarian Minyan Presents

Rabbi Jonathan Seidel

Magic, Transformation and Teshuvah in Early Hasidism


Thursday 26 September 2019

7 - 9pm

The Fireside Room

St. John's Presbyterian Church

2727 College Ave. Berkeley

Join Rabbi Jonathan Seidel for a discussion of healing traditions, spells, amulets, segulot and the continuing heritage of the "Ba'alei Shem" in Hasidic tradition.

Our discussion will consider a "Holistic" trajectory in Teshuvah and transformation at the level of Ruah, Nefesh and Neshamah in Jewish thought. Text study, stories and discussion.

Light Refreshments will be Served

Fragrance-Free Wheelchair Accessible Venue

$10 - $20 Donation Requested


Rabbi Jonathan Seidel is a scholar of classical Jewish texts with a specialization in Jewish magic. He graduated from Oberlin, completed a Fulbright at Cambridge (MA), another MA at Jewish Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D at Berkeley, as well as the Aleph Renewal ordination program. He has taught Judaic Studies and Religion at Stanford, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, University of Arizona, Portland State University, Northwest Christian College, Oregon State University, University of Oregon and most recently Lane Community College.